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International Students--Have Parallel Job Search Plans

Searching for internships and full time jobs in the US as an international student can be competitive and difficult. ECS advises all students to maximize the job search by laying out a parallel plan. What exactly is a parallel plan? It’s a way of making progress in two different career objectives, for example, two locations of interest, so if one doesn’t work out, you haven’t fallen behind in the search. Setting up a parallel job search plan keeps you on track in case it needs to become your main plan.

If your goal is to find an internship or full-time position in the US, be persistent and devote multiple hours per week to your search. Your search should involve submitting applications, signing up for employer information sessions, networking with contacts, attending career fairs, as well as ECS workshops. While you search for positions in the US, be sure to pursue opportunities in other locations such as your home country. Check out the following international resources that can aid you in your search:

International Job Sites:

  • Jobs through NACE (found in CareerEngine)
    This is a college-oriented job board that allows employers to target their job postings to specific campuses. You can search for opportunities both in the US and abroad.
  • GoinGlobal (found in CareerEngine)
    GoinGlobal is the leading provider of both country-specific and USA city-specific career and employment information. In addition, GoinGlobal provides data from the U.S. Department of Labor that includes searchable list of H1B employer petitions over the selected time period of your choosing.  
  • Monster International
    Monster International is global leader in connecting people to jobs. Today, the company provides job postings in more than 40 countries including the US.
  • LockIn China 
    LockIn China is a recruitment organization based in China which focuses on helping companies recruit individuals who are interested in fulfilling jobs in China. LockIn China also hosts large career fairs such as the 2017 Chinese Returnee Career Development Fair throughout the year – please visit their site for more details. 
  • LinkedIn Jobs
    The LinkedIn Jobs board contains postings in both the US and abroad. You can use the advanced search tool to filter jobs through Keywords, Company, Title, Location, Country, Industry, and more. Often times, LinkedIn allows you to easily apply to jobs by using your profile. 

Ohio State Gateway Offices:
Due to Ohio State’s commitment to developing a global presence, the university has opened “mini embassies” that are dedicated to pursuing international partnerships and collaborating on global issues. Ohio State has Gateway locations in Shanghai, China, Mumbai, India and São Paulo, Brazil.

China Gateway
The China Gateway works with a variety of partners - academic, corporate, governmental and NGOs in order to connect Ohio State faculty, staff and students to these organizations. The China Gateway serves as a liaison between Ohio State and china assisting both current and future students. 
The College of Engineering has formed an Engineering Alumni Advisory Group in China that includes members who mentor visitors from Ohio State Engineering. In partnership with the China Gateway, this group is part of an effort to encourage to students to not only study abroad, but to work abroad through internships and full-time positions.

India Gateway    
The India Gateway offers an Executive Training Program and an International Corporate Training Program. The Gateway team works with Ohio State alumni to create events and networking opportunities and to provide additional resources to the hundreds of alumni living in India.

Brazil Gateway   
The Brazil Gateway also offers an Executive Training Program and an International Corporate Training Program. The Brazil Gateway's Global Alumni Services Office focuses on creating networking opportunities, connecting alumni with students and building a database of alumni living in Brazil.

Preparing for the job search requires you to know how to market your skills, understand the job market(s) and devote the time to submitting applications.  If you have any questions about creating a parallel plan, feel free to set up an appointment with an ECS advisor.

“The mind is like a parachute. It works best when it is open.”
-Dalai Lama

About the author

Kaitlin Schafer

Kaitlin Schafer is a Career Counselor at Engineering Career Services.